Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto


15-day Independent Tour

First-class

The Tour

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

For westbound Trans-Canada Rail: Toronto-Vancouver itinerary, please click here.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive and spend time exploring scenic Vancouver on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout. IRT Virtuoso amenity: complimentary private sedan transfer airport to hotel. Overnight in a Signature Harbourview Room at the Fairmont Waterfront hotel in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops
This morning, a private transfer will take you from the Fairmont Waterfront hotel to the Rocky Mountaineer train station. Enjoy your day on board the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf service. Overnight in Kamloops. (B,L)

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff
Enjoy another full day on the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf service. Once you arrive in Banff, you will be escorted in a pre-paid taxi from the train station to the Rimrock Resort Hotel, where you will overnight in a Premium King room with balcony — or an upgraded Grandview Room, if desired. (B, L)

Day 4: Banff Sightseeing
Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Visit Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola is included. The rest of the day is free. Overnight at the Rimrock Resort Hotel.

Day 5: Banff
Enjoy a day at leisure in Banff. Overnight at the Rimrock Resort Hotel.

Day 6: Banff to Lake Louise
A half-day tour into Yoho National Park. See the Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake. Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Deluxe Lakeview Room (or upgrade to a Lakeview Room on the Gold Floor if desired).

Day 7: Lake Louise
Enjoy a day at leisure in Lake Louise. Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 8: Lake Louise to Jasper
Tour Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, and ride on an Ice Explorer. Overnight at the Jasper Park Lodge in a Deluxe Room, or a Junior Suite Lakeview if desired.

Day 9: Jasper
Enjoy a free day in Jasper. Overnight at the Jasper Park Lodge.

Day 10: VIA Rail from Jasper to Toronto
This evening, a private transfer will take you to the Jasper train station, where you will begin your four-day VIA Rail journey across the Prairie Provinces and Ontario, with all meals on board included. Overnight on VIA Rail in Prestige Class.

Days 11-12: Onboard VIA Rail
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight on VIA Rail in Prestige Class. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Toronto
Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this morning. A private sedan transfer will take you from the station to the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, for a two-night stay in a Deluxe Room. (B)

Day 14: Niagara Falls Tour
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls. Included is a boat tour to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early this evening to stay overnight. (Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when the Niagara Falls boat tour is not operating.) Overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.

Day 15: Toronto
Your Trans-Canada Rail Adventure ends with checkout from the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and a private sedan transfer to the airport.

2020 Dates:

April 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13, 20, 27
October 4

The Prices

Pricing varies depending on the class of service you choose and the time of year you travel.

We highly recommend that you book GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this trip and Prestige Class on the Canadian. You can also request that we upgrade your hotels from standard to more deluxe rooms. The tour operates in the early Spring and late into the fall – but we recommend choosing a more moderate time to travel, from June through August.

The starting price for 2020 departures is roughly $10,900 pp (two persons sharing) during low season (April-late May, October), and $12,000 pp during the high season (late May-late September), using Prestige Class and GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer and four- and five-star hotels (except in Kamloops, where accommodations are moderate), transfers and sightseeing as noted. All pricing is subject to reconfirmation.  A 20% deposit is required at time of booking.

Prices are per person and are subject to change.

Our Process / How to Book Your Trip:

This journey is especially time- and labor-intensive for our travel professionals.

Because of the time involved, we charge a $250 “plan to go” fee per person (or $500 for solo travelers) after we have had a brief courtesy phone conference with you, during which we will answer any preliminary questions you have and collect the necessary information to begin planning your trip. Please provide us with a wide range of availability in travel dates.

If your dates are not available, you will be refunded the “plan to go” fee.

If you take this trip, you will be refunded the “plan to go” fee after you return, minus any professional fees required for changes/additions to this itinerary.

Our “plan to go” fee ensures we are able to maintain an extremely high standard of service for all of our valued travelers!

 

Please click the following link to begin planning your trip. One of our Canada specialists will contact you as soon as possible.

Click here to begin planning your Trans-Canada Adventure!

 

Other

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way private sedan transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free private sedan transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

Time permitting, add a day at the beginning of your journey and experience an exciting day of whale watching in Victoria, where you’ll see orcas, humpbacks, and minkes.

B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

*Note: The Vancouver-Toronto (eastbound) itinerary listed above is 12 days, with one fewer day in Jasper than the 13-day Toronto-Vancouver (westbound) itinerary. Please click here for the westbound itinerary.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news about the Canadian’s new Prestige Class as well as other news about our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

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The Highlights

  • Spotting Canadian wildlife from trains’ domes—big-horned sheep, elk, black bears, bald eagles, osprey
  • Enjoying VIA’s Canadian, with all meals included, wine-tasting in the dome car, and your private compartment
  • Tasty meals in the lovely diners of Canadian and Rocky Mountaineer
  • Tours of Banff, Yoho National Park, Icefields Parkway and Niagara Falls
  • Time to explore Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper
  • Riding on some of the best equipment in the world on the Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf service, the double-decked dome cars with open-air platforms and on the Canadian with its great dome observation cars
  • Suggested upgrades: deluxe hotels throughout and ask for a suite on the Canadian so you’ll have a lower, double bed, breakfast in bed and more.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Photographers love the large open-air vestibule on Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Photographers love the large open-air vestibule on Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
VIA Rail's Canadian train rounds the bend.
VIA Rail's Canadian train rounds the bend.
New Prestige Class Cabins on the Canadian with large double Murphy bed. IRT travelers report that Prestige Class Cabins are luxurious and "worth it"!
New Prestige Class Cabins on the Canadian with large double Murphy bed. IRT travelers report that Prestige Class Cabins are luxurious and "worth it"!